VILSECK, Germany — Garrison leaders and community members gathered here April 17 to extend thanks and praise to the 550 registered volunteers at Tower and Rose Barracks.
The garrison recognized its volunteer community members as leaders and vital contributors at a ceremony at the Rose Barracks Multipurpose Center.
“You give up yourselves to make this place better, our community better,” said Garrison Commander, Col. Adam Boyd, in remarks delivered at the ceremony. “You don’t do it for recognition. You do it because it’s right.”
Organized by the garrison’s volunteer program manager, Kenitha Woodhouse and the staff at Army Community Service, the event drew a large crowd of both volunteers and the beneficiaries of their services. Photos of the event are available on the USAG Bavaria Flickr page.
From March 2018 to March 2019, Grafenwoehr and Vilseck’s 550 volunteers recorded 107,260 hours of service, representing 310 organizations — from USO to chapels, family readiness groups, mail rooms, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and garrison offices like the Emergency Management Office and Public Affairs Office.
Asked why she volunteered, Gardenia Shallenberger said, “Children, including mine, are the future and I want to make a positive difference in their lives.”
“I volunteer to build community, meet people, get out of the house and to better myself,” said Sgt. Devon Pleus.
In February, a panel of garrison employees convened to select top volunteers from five categories: active duty, youth, local national, family member and civilian/retiree. In the months prior, managers had submitted nomination packages.
The panel selected these volunteers, whom were also honored at Wednesday’s ceremony:
The Army Volunteer Corps, managed by Army Community Service, is a program aimed at connecting community members with volunteer opportunities. The program also logs service hours through the Volunteer Management Information System. ACS offers VMIS assistance April 30.
|Over 1,000 hours of volunteer service|
Kim-Nathalie Estrada Angeles
|Over 750 hours|
|Over 500 hours|
|Over 250 hours|
Will Martinez Fernandez